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I'm not too worried about RPatz. Now freed from his commitment to the Twilight franchise, he seems eager to play anything but sparkly romantic leads, an idea he already took for a spin, as it were, in David Cronenberg's Don DeLillo adaptation, Cosmopolis (if the ending didn't work for me, the rest of the film did).

Going back a few years, Pattinson has also given capable performances in Remember Me and Gothic whatsit The Haunted Airman. If he failed to make Water for Elephants work, that's largely because it was a non-starter hamstrung by a fatal lack of chemistry with Reese Witherspoon. But I'm not a hater. In fact, I'd love to see him prove his detractors wrong.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure The Rover will get him there. So far, we've only got the trailer to go by, but it looks closer to okay than great. It's nice to see Michôd working with Animal Kingdom actor Guy Pearce again, but he's given plenty of good performances in mediocre films, like George Hickenlooper's Factory Girl.

Granted, the Aussies have a way with post-apocalyptic scenarios, from George Miller's Mad Max series to John Hillcoat's The Road—even if the latter takes place in the US—but The Rover looks like a massive bummer. I'm happy to have Michôd prove me wrong, but for the time being, I'm more excited about David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars in which Pattinson co-stars with Julianne Moore.

Trivia note: Michôd wrote The Rover with Joel Edgerton, who starred in Animal Kingdom. He doesn't appear in the new film, but his brother, Nash, plays a part.

A24 Films releases The Rover on June 20 (details TBA).